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Wigan Athletic face Aston Villa tonight with an opportunity to put Saturdays poor display at Arsenal well and truly behind them.

The game is absolutely massive, a win would lift the Latics out of the bottom three and put them level on points with both Villa and West Brom whom Martinez and his team face next Tuesday.

Worries at the centre of defence with both Antolin Alcaraz and Gary Caldwell out, looks like we will see Steven Caldwell and Steve Gohouri partnering each other in the centre which should see Emmerson Boyce returning to the starting line up at right back.

Villa of course will have new signing Darren Bent spearheading their attack, after his goal scoring debut at the weekend he will be brimming with confidence so it will be important to cut his supply.

We need to start winning at home, just two all season, if we are to claw our way from the danger zone and this is a game where that winning streak needs to start.

What Ali Say's:

Latics goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi:

'We now have 15 games left of the season, and the next three games are going to be massive for us, with Aston Villa, West Brom and Blackburn coming up'

'These three games I think are going to shape our season, and we have to concentrate and do ourselves justice.

'This game is huge. One point isn't good enough against Villa - we need to be picking up all three and we'll need everyone - the players and the fans - pulling in the same direction to do that.'

Wigan Athletic Team News:

Tom Cleverley is injured, first choice centre back pairing Gary Caldwell (suspended) and Antolin Alcaraz (injured) are both out, but McCarthy and Moses could well return.

Latics from:

Al Habsi; Gohouri, S Caldwell, Figueroa, Stam, McArthur, Diame, Di Santo, Watson, Thomas, N'Zogbia, Boyce, Rodallega, Pollitt, McCarthy, Gomez, McManaman, Moses, Lopez

Player to watch: Charles N'Zogbia

So much depends on our Charlie, let's hope he's on fire

Courtesy of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic

Aston Villa Team News:

Delph and Ireland both out injured

Villa from:

Friedel; Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Clark, Albrighton, Petrov, Makoun, Reo-Coker, Downing, Agbonlahor, A Young, Bent, Marshall, Pires, Delfouneso, Bannan, Herd, Baker.

Player to watch: Darren Bent

Has to be Bent, is he really worth so much?

Any Previous?

Latics and Villa have met 13 times previously

Latics have 4 wins, Villa 6, draws 3

Last Six Meetings

16/03/2010 - Premier League - Latics 1 Villa 2
15/08/2009 - Premier League - Villa 0 Latics 2
31/01/2009 - Premier League - Villa 0 Latics 0
26/10/2008 - Premier League - Latics 0 Villa 4
03/05/2008 - Premier League - Villa 0 Latics 2
29/12/2007 - Premier League - Latics 1 Villa 2

Ref Watch:

Jon Moss (Leeds)

Why not take a look at our excellent `Meet the Ref` article

Jon Moss Card Watch 2010/11

Games - 18, yellows - 32, reds - 3

Match Prediction:

Head says 1-1

Heart says Latics to snatch it 2-1, as always going with the heart

Up Next:

FA Cup 4th Round

Bolton v Latics
Reebok Stadium

Premier League

West Brom v Latics
The Hawthorns

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Writer: Barry Worthington Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 24 2011

Time: 10:03PM

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It feels like a must win game even though I know its not the end if we dont, it just feels like it, 2-1 Latics
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24/01/2011 22:12:00

I don't want to be a party pooper worbo but you forget we have an atrocious record against Aston Villa.
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25/01/2011 07:48:00

And this part cheered me up no end "Steven Caldwell and Steve Gohouri"
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25/01/2011 08:26:00


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